When looking at the changes in structure of Irish politics and society from before the Irish revolution/rebellion to after it, I notice how very little of the power structure changed and the radical beliefs and policies proposed by many of the rebels didn't come into being when the Free State was in its infancy and even beyond.
The Democratic Programme of the First Dail put in place a vision which was generally socialist in belief, i.e.
The rhetoric-laden Programme turned out to be just that- rhetoric.''the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland'',
''to secure that no child shall suffer hunger or cold from lack of food, clothing, or shelter'',
''It shall be our duty to promote the development of the Nation's resources... in the interests and for the benefit of the Irish people''.
An insight into the thinking of some of the prominent Irish politicians of the day can be seen in W T Cosgrave's private remarks in 1921. Cosgrave was SF's Minister for Local Government at the time.
This kind of thinking shows how some members of the government viewed those on the edge of society, trying to survive; more of a burden than of a problem which needed addressing immediately. This mindset is in stark contrast to the Programme of 1919, with its wish in-People reared in workhouses, as you are aware, are no great acquisition to the community and they have no ideas whatsoever of civic responsibilities. As a rule their highest aim is to live at the expense of the ratepayers. Consequently, it would be a decided gain if they all took it into their heads to emigrate.
The centralised control of the Irish government proceeding the revolution/rebellion brings forward the question of whether the newly elected politicians really wanted to give Irish citizens the right ''to the unfettered control of Irish destinies'' or was it just about getting into power and holding onto power?abolishing the present odious, degrading and foreign Poor Law System, substituting therefor a sympathetic native scheme for the care of the Nation's aged and infirm, who shall not be regarded as a burden, but rather entitled to the Nation's gratitude and consideration